A trailer has been released for Warner Bros. new animated feature Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay. Fans of the ragtag group of villains may recall 2014’s animated movie Batman: Assault On Arkham, which was a spinoff of the popular Arkham video game series. The story found Task Force X breaking into Arkham Asylum on Amanda Waller’s orders, but thanks to Batman and The Joker, their plans soon go awry.
Assault On Arkham was well-received by fans for its writing and animation, with many even preferring it to the 2016 live action Suicide Squad movie. Recent features from Warner Bros. Animation have been a mixed bag, however; Batman: The Killing Joke disappointed many despite being based on Alan Moore’s acclaimed graphic novel, while Batman And Harley Quinn received mostly negative feedback for its childish humor and story. That said, many considered 2017's Justice League Dark to be a treat.
Now the Task Force X have been reassembled for Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay, and a new trailer (via IGN) shows what they’ll be up against. The team – which this time includes Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Frost, Bronze Tiger, Copperhead and Captain Boomerang – will face off with an immortal villain, and Amanda Waller will once again be pulling their strings behind the scenes. In a change of pace, Batman doesn’t appear to be involved, though he could still make a cameo in the final product.
Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay will be R-rated for strong bloody violence and sexual content, and while the trailer makes the story seem like breezy fun, the quality of the animated looks a little stiff. The movie won’t have any connections to Assault On Arkham either and a new voice cast has been assembled, including Christian Slater as Deadshot and Tara Strong as Harley.
The popularity of Suicide Squad has exploded since the previous animated feature, thanks to David Ayer’s 2016 movie. While the film received mixed reviews, it was a big hit for the studio, and Margot Robbie in particular received raves for her take on Harley Quinn. Suicide Squad 2 is currently being developed by new helmer Gavin O’Connor, who also directed Ben Affleck thriller The Accountant. Affleck’s current status as DC’s Batman seems permanently in flux, and it’s not currently known if he’ll play the role again. Current rumors suggest Suicide Squad 2 could be Affleck’s final time wearing the cape and cowl – if he can be convinced to stick around for it, that is.
Suicide Squad: Hell To Pay is expected to be released in Spring 2018.